Domain Registration Glossary:
One of the three contacts on a domain name registration. The administrative
contact has the ability to update the domain and modify its details.
One of the three contacts on a domain name registration. The billing contact
will receive invoice / billing details and be notified when the domain is up
A distributed database of information that is used to translate domain
names, which are easy for humans to remember and use, into Internet Protocol
(IP) numbers, which are what computers need to find each other on the
Internet. People working on computers around the globe maintain their
specific portion of this database, and the data held in each portion of the
database is made available to all computers and users on the Internet. The
DNS comprises computers, data files, software, and people working together.
A unique, numeric identifier used to specify hosts and networks. Internet
Protocol (IP) numbers are part of a global, standardized scheme for
identifying machines that are connected to the Internet. Technically
speaking, IP numbers are 32 bit addresses that consist of four octets, and
they are expressed as four numbers between 0 and 255, separated by periods,
for example: 188.8.131.52. IP allocation for the Americas, the Caribbean,
and sub-Saharan Africa are currently handled by the American Registry for
Also called a
host or a name server. A computer that has both the software and the data
(zone files) needed to resolve domain names to Internet Protocol (IP)
The individual or
organization that registers a specific domain name with Network Solutions.
This individual or organization holds the right to use that specific domain
name for a specified period of time, provided certain conditions are met and
the registration fees are paid. This person or organization is the "legal
entity" bound by the terms of the Service Agreement.
A registry is responsible
for delegating Internet addresses such as Internet Protocol (IP) numbers and
domain names, and keeping a record of those addresses and the information
associated with their delegation. Examples of regional IP registries include
Reseaux IP Europeens (RIPE), Asian-Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC),
and the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). Examples of domain
name registries include Network Solutions' Registry operation (com, net, and
org) and the ISO 3166 country code registries (e.g., fr, de, uk, us).
One of the three contacts on a domain name registration. The technical
contact will be informed of any technical issues with the domain and has the
authority to modify the domain record.
Top Level Domain:
In the Domain Name
System (DNS), the highest level of the hierarchy after the root. In a domain
name, that portion of the domain name that appears furthest to the right.
For example, the com in domain.com. Also known as TLD.
A searchable database
maintained by the individual registries, which contains information about
networks, networking organizations, domain names, and the contacts
associated with them for the com, org, net, edu, and ISO 3166 country code
top-level domains. Also, the protocol, or set of rules, that describes the
application used to access the database. Other organizations have
implemented the Whois protocol and maintain separate and distinct Whois
databases for their respective domains.